Where Shadows Find Their Rest
His body isn’t even cold yet and the New York times has already put out a shameful article declaring Nelson Mandela to be an “icon of peaceful resistance”. News outlets around the Western world are hurrying to publish obituaries that celebrate his electoral victory while erasing the protracted and fierce guerrilla struggle that he and his party were forced to fight in order to make that victory possible. Don’t let racist, imperialist liberalism co-opt the legacy of another radical. Nelson Mandela used peaceful means when he could, and violent means when he couldn’t. For this, during his life they called him a terrorist, and after his death they’ll call him a pacifist — all to neutralize the revolutionary potential of his legacy, and the lessons to be drawn from it.
Don’t fucking let them.
It’s that time of year again. In January, the United Nations in New York will hold their annual Holocaust Remembrance Day service. Last year, we successfully petitioned the coordinator, Kimberly Mann, to include a Romani representative speaker (Ethel Brooks).
We are in the process of once again having to PETITION for them to present an inclusive ceremony. Welcome to the UN, folks.
The UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon recently visited Auschwitz and failed to adequately address or include the Roma and Sinti in the Holocaust or currently (even though he made pointed reference to current Antisemitism).
So, I would like to ask all Roma, Sinti, Romanichal/Romanisael, Kale/Kaale, and others, as well as Jewish allies and friends, and indeed ANY ally and friend to write to Kimberly Mann and explain to her why it’s important to present an inclusive ceremony.
She can be contacted at: email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org
In your letter please state your reason for writing (inclusion), your perspective (are you Roma, Sinti, etc, Jewish, or other targeted Holocaust group, or are you an ally of any of the above), and also why it’s important to recognize the Roma (and indeed ALL victims) of the Holocaust in such a ceremony.
Please either like or comment if ONLY if you write to her. I’d like very much to get a visual tally on just HOW MANY people are willing to be supportive of inclusive Holocaust remembrance and how many people take action to support such inclusion.
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The family accepts your obedience in all things.
So, I might just have the most wonderful sister in the world; who happened to go to GeekGirlCon, and happened to pick up one of these gorgeous patches, and happened to send it to me because she knows how much I needed one.
Scraps and half-finished thoughts from all the art projects I was working on this week. A collage of all the odds and ends that remained when other work was done.
A New Beginning
I found some of my old artwork a few nights ago; this is back from 2001, when I really first started making collage art.